Friday, November 30, 2012

All Spruced Up!

At least my place is getting that way.  I got a small tree this year (artificial) and decided to put it up...and so far Kit is ignoring it (hooray) and I did manage to get some other decorations up as well.  I have also been on a mission to reorganize my craft studio.  It becomes an absolute disaster area when I get in there and work.  I also have trouble finding things and keep forgetting to use certain embellishments because they are hidden and I don't think of them.

I did do a little bit of crafting this week and I decided to make a card for the Simon Says Challenge.  This one was easy as it is a "anything goes" challenge.  Here is the card I made with one of the new Christmas stamps I got a few weeks ago.  The stamp is called "Getting Spruced Up" from High Hopes stamps, I just love this guy.  I colored it with copic markers (G40, 82, 85 - YR04, 07 - R22, 24, 27 29 - E23, 25, 27 - N3, 5, 7 - Y35, 38 & BG10) and embellished it with clear glaze pen, clear stardust pen and diamond stickles.  The greeting is from a Kaiser craft stamp set and I used lady bug memento ink.  The patterned paper is from the Bo Bunny "Mistletoe" collection.
Well that's it for tonight.  I can't believe we are already into December and I haven't even started my Christmas shopping.  I guess I better get busy and get to work!  I hope to be able to keep posting at least a couple of times a week but it might not be possible.  Take care and have a great weekend everyone.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lace Tree

Ok so this is a card I've made before and I like it because it is very clean and simple.  No greeting so it can be used for whatever you want during the holidays.  I like making this one because it is something I can do while watching TV LOL!

I embossed the tree using the cuttlebug lace tree folder and then colored it with sakura clear stardust pen and  then I accent it with whatever color stardust pen I want to match the paper I plan on using as a mat.  For the first one I used sky star pen and the second one I used red star pen.  I then colored a rhinestone to match with a copic marker (R89, BG75) and popped it in the middle for a little more sparkle.  It is really hard to tell what it looks like in the pictures.  I tried to get a close up of the shine, it kind of worked LOL!

Well I finally get a chance to spend a couple of hours in my studio today so I'm off to do a couple of challenges.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blue Christmas...

...card! It has been a long day but I do have a wee bit of time to update my blog now.  I love my new MFT "let it snowflake" die set and decided to use some more snowflakes on this card.  They make great embellishments for Christmas cards.

For this card I cut the ovals out with spellbinders petite large and small ovals.  I stamped the Merry Christmas greeting (Kaiser Craft - Turtle Dove stamp set) with memento "teal zeal" ink and colored it with memento markers rhubarb stalk and cottage ivy.  I also added some sakura clear stardust pen for a little sparkle.  I used white perfect pearls and diamond stickles on the snowflakes and then inked some of them with the teal zeal ink.  The paper is an old paper called starry starry night by GCD studios (2008).  I'm really trying to use up some of my older papers.
Well that's it for tonight, thanks for stopping by.  I may be back tomorrow with another post.  I think I may even have a chance to spend a few hours in my studio tomorrow.


Crazy Couple of Weeks!!!

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks that I haven't had a chance to post!!! I have been busy making cards though!  I got about 30 cards made since my last post and here is a picture of the result.
So over the next couple of weeks I will slowly post some of these with information about them.  Some of the cards are duplicates of older cards I made so I won't bother with those.  I will also try to do some more challenges each week and post those as well.  Of course I will be making lots more Christmas too!.

For today I am going to post a couple of cards I made with the new High Hopes Christmas Joy Snowy stamp.  I used the same layout and paper for each but one I colored with water color pencils and the other I colored with copic markers.  The patterned paper is an old one from Kaiser Kraft and I cut the snowflakes out with MFT Let it Snowflake die set and I colored the rhinestones with copic marker R89.   I stamped the image for the water color image with archival ink and used derwent water color pencils (crimson lake, turquoise green, silver grey, naples yellow, olive green & orange chrome).  I blended them all out with an aqua brush and went over the berries with sakura red star and clear glaze pens.  I also used some Christmas red stickles on his jacket (looks a little weird in the picture but looks nice in person).  I used spellbinders petite ovals large and small to cut out the image and the mats.
For this image I used copic markers (R24, 27, 29 - N0, 1, 3, 5 - YG91, 93, 95 -BG10, YR07 & Y35) and I used sakura red star pen on his jacket and berries and a clear star dust pen on his star buttons (shows up funny in picture). The stardust pens look really nice in person but weird in pictures, I use them quite a bit to embellish images.
Well that's it for tonight I have another busy day tomorrow. I plan on posting another card tomorrow night, I hope I have time :).  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

One Last Halloween Card!

I have one last Halloween card to post that I made last week.  I was going to post it on Halloween but my computer was down for a couple of days, so I didn't get the chance.  This one is way out of my comfort zone for mixing different patterned paper lines and embellishments but I think it turned out OK.

I used a variety of papers and stamps for this.  The dot patterned paper is from Bo Bunny.  The candy corn paper is from an old K & Company patterned paper pack and the white & orange paper is from the pink paislee "phantom" pack.  The Trick or Treat sticker border is from the Martha Stewart Halloween adhesive borders pad.  I stamped the monsters (hero arts - monster fun set) with back memento ink and colored them with copics and used some clear glaze pen on their eyes and teeth.  I stamped the Happy Halloween (inkadinkado - scary words) and Little Monsters (crafty secrets - Halloween fun) with black archival ink and edged the paper with versa magic midnight black ink.  Since I didn't put anything on with 3d dots, it seemed to need a little dimension, so I added a few buttons.

That's the last of the Halloween cards.  I really had planned to make so many more.  I bought a bunch of new stamps and papers.  I just didn't have the time last month.  Oh well! I have a great stash of stuff for next year.  I spent a few hours in my studio the other night packing away all the Halloween stuff and getting all my Christmas stuff out.  I am now ready to spend the next few weeks getting lots of Christmas cards ready.  I should have something more to post in the next couple of days.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great week everyone.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

I can't believe it is already November...I haven't even begun to do any Christmas shopping (lots to be done soon so I can get it in the mail).  I guess I better get that started and get busy making some Christmas cards. I got my computer back up and running last night but I was too busy to update my blog.  I did spend a few hours in my studio working on some cards.  I really wanted to do the Kraftin Kimmie challenge this week.  The theme this week is All About Music...I decided to go with the music from a fabulous movie "The Wizard of Oz".

Here is the card I made using Dorothy and the greeting is from the Tinman.  I colored Dorothy with copics (will post color list later) I used sakura stardust pens sky star on her bows and red star on her shoes (they really look like shiny ruby slippers in person).  The patterned paper is all from the Bo Bunny Country Garden  line.  Since the theme was music I also stamped some random music notes in coordinating colors all over the background.

I do have one last Halloween card to post and I will try to do that today or tomorrow.  Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog.